By Edward Seidensticker
"These volumes by means of Edward Seidensticker could be the envy of each college press…desirable studying for beginner historians and travelers alike."—Thomas Stanley, Director of stroll Japan Limited
There might be few towns on this planet that stay, pulsate, and breathe via their geography as Tokyo does, few towns with a background that shifts in the course of the creases of house as does that of Tokyo. this can be rather ironic in a urban whose neighborhoods this present day carry few designated positive factors and whose light topography has been all yet obscured by means of batteries of creating. however it used to be now not constantly so, and what larger approach is there of writing Tokyo's heritage than through reflecting this moving geography as neighborhoods prospered and declined whereas others, extra aspirational, climbed up the socio–spacial ladder? this is often accurately what Edward Seidensticker does within the pages of those books, introduced jointly right here jointly for the 1st time below one disguise with a variety of illustrations and an insert of superbly coloured jap woodblock prints of Tokyo from the period.
Tokyo: From Edo to Showa tells the tale and background of Tokyo's transformation from the Shogun's capital in an remoted Japan to at least one of the main well known glossy towns on this planet. With an analogous scholarship and magnificence that gained him admiration as one of many most advantageous translators of jap literature, Seidensticker bargains the reader his personal superb photo of an entire society all of sudden rising into the trendy international. via turns elegiac and humorous, reflective and crisp, Tokyo: From Edo to Showa is a crucial cultural heritage of Asia's maximum urban.